An Inside Look at a Life-Changing Brain Surgery

Parkinson's patient Greg Gerhard was awake and talking during deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery
June 1, 2015

Greg Gerhard and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 34-years. They raised two sons and had a car dealership. One day, Greg felt a twitch in his pinky finger. A neurologist later confirmed their greatest fear. “When the physician tells you your husband has Parkinson’s, it hits you in the face. I was crying,” Elizabeth said. Over time, the tremors got worse. The Gerhards decided to temporarily move to Denver, so Greg could have deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery at University of Colorado Hospital. He was awake and talking while neurosurgeons implanted a microchip in his brain.
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